A low-interaction, non-mechanical information graphic relieves both user and designer from struggling with mental models. However, to ease correlation of the various movies offered at a given theater, each theater is color-coded. In contradiction to the premise of interaction design, this software is at its best when acting non-interactively.
Consider an online retailer, such as Amazon or Netflix.
This is winnowed down to a dozen, using context that is inferred entirely from the search term contributed by the user. The time bar graph may have been invented by proto-chemist Joseph Priestly in to compare the lifespans of various historical figures.
Information and the world of tomorrow. If all interaction is navigation, and navigation is the number-one software problem, interactivity is looking pretty bad already.
Although software is the archetypical non-physical product, modern software interfaces have evolved overtly mechanical metaphors. When does each span start and end? What about the train after that? Consider this excerpt of a graphic for browsing nearby movie showings: But ideas in the head are nebulous things, and may not translate perfectly to a concrete search term.
A second reason why modern software is dominated by mechanical metaphors is that, for the people who create software, the computer is a machine.
Manipulation software serves the human urge to create. By thinking of this as context prediction instead of state maintenance, the door is opened to more sophisticated predictors.
This map courtesy of newmediasoup. In fact, information about Maya could be presented automatically. The main cause, I believe, is that many software designers feel they are designing a machine.
The viewer can also see whether a highly-rated book got any bad reviews; in a sea of praise, criticism often makes enlightening reading. How fast are they moving?
Consider a travel guide that suggests parks when sunny and museums when rainy. Several more examples will be given in the case study below. Dynamic graphics, the cornerstone of information software, must be tediously programmed with low-level constructs.
Understanding which movies are playing when involves scanning a pageful of theaters, extracting movies of interest and mentally merging their showtimes.This research was generously funded by the Knight Foundation. Executive Summary As the discussion surrounding misinformation and polarization takes center stage, one space that has been largely overlooked is the Chinese media sphere within the United States, where questionable content has garnered a loyal following among Chinese-speaking.
Abstract. The ubiquity of frustrating, unhelpful software interfaces has motivated decades of research into “Human-Computer Interaction.” In this paper, I suggest that the long-standing focus on “interaction” may be misguided.Download